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YMMV: Flowers in the Attic
  • Complete Monster: We have Corrinne and Olivia Foxworth. Olivia, Corrinne's mother, is a fanatic who tortures and abuses her family for what she perceives as "sinful." Corrinne, having lost her parents' favor by running away and marrying (so she thought) her own half-uncle, wants to inherit the family fortune, but cannot if she and her husband are established to have any children. Therefore, she and Olivia lock Corrinne's children in the attic where they leave them for over a year and conspire to poison them slowly in order to do away with the children with none the wiser. The youngest child Cory dies from this.
  • Critical Research Failure / Science Marches On: Even in view of their twisted horrific circumstances, the Westermarck Effect would surely have prevented Chris and Cathy from having any interest in each other. Corrine and Christopher Sr.'s incestuous relationship makes sense only because they were raised apart from each other and therefore could not develop the reversed sexual imprinting that typically prevents such incestuous desires from developing in the first place. While Westermarck's research was not widely known or confirmed at the time of this book's publishing, there was already plenty of historical anecdotal evidence for this natural phenomenon underlying the incest taboo.
    • The counterargument to this might also be the (arguable) increase in each other's perceived sexual attractiveness brought on by the stress of their situation.
    • Life would be easier if everything of the human mind and value has a simple "why". But most theories of such are bound to run into enough outliers that might as well ruin it from ever being a rule in the first place. The human mind in some cases can just be flaking weird.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Olivia the grandmother when her past is revealed in the prequel book Garden of Shadows.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Cathy, her mother crossed this when she let Cory die.
  • Narm: The movie version is full of it.
    • "Go on. Eat it! EAT THE COOKIE!"
    • "Full of it"? The whole movie is pure Narm.
  • Retroactive Recognition : Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) plays Cathy.
  • Hey It'sThatGirl!: Olivia is played by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

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